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India’s UJJWALA Shows the Way, Mothers in Africa’s Ghana Set to Lead Smoke-free Life

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Inspired by the success of Indian government’s flagship programme Ujjwala, Ghana has sought India’s help to build a similar distribution infrastructure in their country.

As reported in the media, Indian Oil has signed an MoU with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) of Ghana for providing assistance and technical expertise in the implementation of Ghana’s National LPG Promotion Policy.

The Message It Gives

On the face of it, this is an acknowledgement of the Indian administration’s ability for developing and implementing an effective and transparent delivery system.

On a global scale, it also indicates India’s growing influence.  As this LiveMint report notes, “Some of the big-ticket projects completed by India recently in Africa include the construction of the presidential office in Ghana, the National Assembly building in Gambia, and the Kosti power plant in Sudan. Africa is a key development partner of India, garnering a sizeable portion of India’s lines of credit assistance.”

It is a fact that China has made huge investments in African countries through its Belt and Road Initiative. However, there is a fear that China’s approach is often aimed at creating a ‘debt trap’ for the African countries. In contrast, the Indian approach is to provide the stakeholders with the necessary technological and knowledge support so that both countries can prosper together. Ghana’s adaption of Ujjwala is in similar vein.

We have earlier discussed about this particular approach of India in our article No Nation is Small – How India is Unique in Its Approach to Neighbours.

Going Global – India’s Style

Not just Ujjwala, many flagship initiatives by the Modi government have inspired other countries including the developed nation to replicate it or adapt it.

UJALA, the scheme that spearheaded the LED revolution in India is one such example.  In May 2017, it was the United Kingdom (UK) partially adopted UJALA, and then in September same year the Malaysian state of Melaka had embraced the scheme. Our article from the archive UJALA Goes to Malaysia: The Story of an International Model Designed by India had dealt with the subject at length. EESL has its operations in UK, South Asia and South-East Asia.

Read our article Indian PSU Behind the Massive Reduction of LED Bulb Price, Now Pulled Off an International Feat! to understand how the trend is being further strengthened.

Unified Payment Interface (UPI) which was launched by PM Modi a few weeks after demonetization in an effort to promote digital transactions is yet another model that has attracted the global interest.

In August 2019, U.S Federal Reserve proposed to develop a payment system that would work 24X7 and invited suggestions from relevant stakeholders on what the design and features of that payments service should look like. In response, Google’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy Mark Isakowitz wrote to the Federal Reserve that they should follow the successful model of the UPI based digital system built in India. You may read more in our previous article A Look at UPI’s Journey into Global Model.

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